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Donald Fry: Cultivating higher expectations in Baltimore

By: Donald C. Fry  Baltimore’s businesses and communities are “fighting a culture of low expectations,” says David Warnock, founder and chairman of the Warnock Foundation. “The fact of the matter is, Baltimore has got to believe in itself.” Warnock, who is also a managing member of Camden Partners, a private equity firm, joined other Baltimore entrepreneurs Karl R. Gumtow, CEO of CyberPoint International, and Todd Marks, president and CEO of Mindgrub Technologies, as featured speakers at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s November 18 “Meet the Moguls” program on Innovation and Technology. All delivered enthusiastic personal assessments of Baltimore as a terrific place to live and to grow a technology business, or any business for that matter. They unanimously and emphatically delivered one fundamental message: businesses that are here need to shout Baltimore’s story beyond our state’s border. It’s critical to the Baltimore region’s businesses development that successful businesses, particularly small companies, collaborate... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: A Chilly Welcome for USM’s Next Chancellor

By: Laslo Boyd  Over the past several years, Maryland has been an oasis for public higher education. While most states were slashing funding for their public colleges and universities in the face of staggering financial problems, Maryland almost alone avoided that temptation. Through a remarkable partnership between Governor Martin O’Malley, the Maryland General Assembly, and University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, funding continued to increase even as tuition rose far less than the national average. Kirwan was the skilled advocate who made the case that public higher education is a critical investment if the state is to remain competitive in a world economy that increasingly values knowledge and creativity. The Governor and leaders of the Legislature made the tough decisions to maintain higher education as a state priority in the face of tough economic times. One result that has greatly benefitted students and their parents is that the average tuition... Continue reading
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David Yungmann – Analysis of Howard County Executive Election

David Yungmann, Howard County real estate agent at The Yungmann Group of RE/MAX Advantage Realty and longtime Howard County GOP thought leader visits Center Maryland to discuss the election of Allan Kittleman as County Executive and to review some of the main issues that drove voters to the polls across the county. David also talks about the role that Kittleman’s transition leader, Mike Davis, had in Kittleman’s victory.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Chris Thomas -- Environmental Sustainability

Chris Thomas, vice president of CH2M Hill, talks to Center Maryland about the company’s commitment to sustainability, both environmentally and economically. He describes a particularly innovative Mentor Protege program that the firm employs with its subcontracting partners, as well as an ongoing collaboration with Morgan State University.Center Maryland: Inside Out brings political realities to the forefront of the discussion, advancing reasonable and responsible ideas. Lisa Harris Jones is an Attorney at Law and Lobbyist, Member and Founder of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC. Damian O’Doherty is a Corporate Communications Strategist, a Principal of KO Public Affairs LLC, and Co-Founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Why Brown Lost

By: Josh Kurtz  The definitive article on the disintegration of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s gubernatorial campaign, back in 2002, did not appear until three weeks after Election Day, when The Washington Post examined, in exquisite detail, the role of Alan Fleischmann, KKT’s close friend and top adviser. So the ultimate “What Went Wrong?” article about Anthony Brown’s campaign – which has echoes of the KKT disaster, plus its own unique series of unfortunate events – may yet be written. You’re not going to read it here, though – not exactly, anyway. There’s an old saying in politics that a winning campaign has a thousand fathers, while a losing campaign is an orphan. But that’s not exactly true. Townsend’s campaign clearly had Fleischmann as its father – and Bob Shrum, the longtime Kennedy family consigliere, as its godfather. Brown’s failed campaign may not have had a thousand fathers (and mothers), but it probably had a few... Continue reading
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